Short track racing returns to Florida this weekend, starting with the season opener at Five Flags Speedway Friday night with local divisions. Pensacola’s local favorites are excited to get back to the half-mile for their first race in 2020, and Logan Boyett is no exception.
The 2018 Pro Truck track champion has spent time at the facility even during the COVID-19 shutdown with the family business, Boyett’s Septic Tank and Portable Toilets, helping the track prepare for the season opener. He joined “The Bullring” in advance of Friday night’s racing.
“I’ve been working out there with the restrooms the past couple days and I tell you, it still feels great to drive over the hill in turn two but there’s nothing like going in there to race. Supers, Pros, golf carts, whatever it is, to actually be out here at Five Flags to race is a real special experience,” Boyett said. “I’m really looking forward to get back to it.”
A six-time starter in the Snowball Derby and a competitor in the Blizzard Series, Boyett first climbed into a Pro Truck for Gerald Boyd during Snowball Derby weekend in 2017, and the duo have been paired together ever since. In two seasons together, they have scored multiple wins and a championship at Five Flags Speedway, while also winning races at Montgomery Motor Speedway and Houston Motorsports Park.
He admitted he wasn’t sure what to expect when he climbed behind the wheel of the Truck for the first time, but now he enjoys the competition it brings.
“It’s all very competitive but it’s a little bit more relaxed. It’s more of a class that a smaller team can compete in, you don’t need someone that’s racing full-time, it’s a lot less expensive. You can just drive the crap out of those trucks every single lap.
“It was something that really, I had no idea whether I was going to like it or not when Gerald Boyd called me back in September 2017. We unloaded top-five speed the first time I ever made a lap in it and it’s just been a hit with me, my family, everybody around us since then. It’s just a lot of fun, you can really let loose in those trucks and still have tons of hard competition.”
With less power in a Pro Truck than what a Super Late Model offers, he said there was some acclimating to do at first. However, the abrasive surface at Five Flags Speedway doesn’t change, no matter what kind of race car is on-track.
“It was a big adjustment. The races are 25 to 35 laps depending on whether we have a heat race or not. You can ride in these Truck races and in the 50-lap races you absolutely have to ride because it will chew the tires off of it. We’ve came back with tires that had no grooves in them, just short of being ported, and we’ve came back with tires we could use the next week. It’s definitely something you can lean on a lot more than in the Super Late Model but you still have to absolutely take care of your stuff.”
Nearly two months removed from the originally scheduled season opener featuring the ARCA Menards Series East, Boyett is itching to get behind the wheel for the first time in 2020. He is especially excited to get to race in front of fans, with 1,500 being allowed into the stands for the event.
“It’s going to be great, I’ve been thinking all week and I’ve been laughing at myself about it, it almost seems like it’s still March. You have Daytona, Speedweeks at New Smyrna, and then the Rattler to set you into the racing season. Once the Rattler got moved, it has felt like we’re just waiting on March to get here. Now here we are in May, in the middle of the year, getting ready to go racing.
“It’s definitely different and at first I heard we were going to race with no fans,” he added. “I was on the fence about that because I’ve always really enjoyed the fans, I think that’s a lot of the reason to go and race. I enjoy being able to put on a show when I’m able to do and interact with the fans. That interaction with fans is second-to-none, it’s something that’s hard to find outside of the racing world.”
Fans unable to make it to Five Flags Speedway for Friday night’s event can watch it live on Speed51 via PPV. Click here to purchase your video ticket.
Click here to watch a replay of Wednesday’s episode of “The Bullring.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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